WSU, Heritage University increase access to health education

By Lori Maricle, College of Pharmacy

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Heritage University have signed two agreements to streamline the path for Heritage students to become pharmacists, starting with the class entering in the fall.

“Access to health education within the state is part of the land-grant mission of WSU and the College of Pharmacy,” said Gary Pollack, dean of the college. “These agreements provide another avenue for students in eastern Washington to obtain a doctor of pharmacy degree.”

Heritage University Provost Laurie Fathe, left, and WSU College of Pharmacy Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Student Success Jennifer Robinson sign agreements. (Photo by David Mance, Heritage University)

The first agreement extends the WSU doctor of pharmacy Save-A-Seat program to up to seven Heritage freshmen per year, essentially allowing them to reserve a spot while they complete undergraduate course requirements. As long as students maintain good academic standing, they can go straight into the Pharm.D. program at the Spokane campus or extension program at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences campus in Yakima, Wash.

The second agreement guarantees graduates of Heritage’s master of arts in medical sciences program an admission interview for the Pharm.D. program in Yakima as long as they meet WSU admission requirements.

“This new partnership between Heritage University and Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy offers students a wonderful opportunity to define their educational trajectory and to establish connections with their graduate institution early in their college career,” said Heritage Provost Laurie Fathe.

Prospective students can get more information by contacting: Tyson Miller, Heritage University, 509-865-0421 or; and Lindsey Friedly, WSU College of Pharmacy, 509-358-7702 or

The agreements align with Heritage University’s mission to provide quality, accessible higher education to multicultural populations that have been educationally isolated and with WSU’s mission to extend knowledge through innovative educational programs and its land-grant mission of public service and accessibility to education across the state.

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News media contacts:
David Mance, Heritage University media relations, 509-865-0731,
Lori Maricle, WSU College of Pharmacy communications, 509-368-6679,